Character Description and History
Jean-Claude is named after Jean-Claude Van Damme, the action hero. He is one of five members in the new team that replaced the original Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters
. The other members of the new team are Rock
, and Steven
He is an anthropomorphic hamster from an alternate dimension, but was eventually brought to the dimension where the original Hamsters lived. He has a wiry build, is very flexible, and does a lot of kicks, like his namesake. He wears a "wife-beater" t-shirt and jeans. He speaks with a French accent and has a bump on the right side of his forehead.
When we first see him and the other new Hamsters, they are training in their headquarters in Chicago. They receive a psychic message from the Dalai Momma, the head of their monastery. She warns them that the monastery is under attack, and begs them to return. Rock doesn't want to go, believing that the monks don't really care about them, but Jean-Claude and Steven persuade him that they must help. The Hamsters get in their jet (a B2 Stealth bomber) and fly to the Himalayas. Jean-Claude and Rock continue to bicker about the monks.
They land, and are attacked by Genghis Khann
and his army of Huns. Steven is killed immediately. Jean-Claude fairs better, taking out many Huns with his kicks. However, he is eventually killed by several arrows. Rock and Arnold are covered in Huns and either killed or captured. Lucy is thrown off the edge herself, and eventually manages to find their old Master Lock, who helps her contact the original team of Hamsters.
Later, we see Khann leading Arnold and Rock down into a hidden room below the monastery, which holds a giant computerized navigation system. They are clearly under his control somehow, but the situation is ambiguous. Were they killed and resurrected? Did he brainwash them? It is unclear, but they are completely on his side now.
We next see them, along with the now-resurrected Jean-Claude, as well as the Hun army. (For some reason, Steven doesn't get resurrected.) They attack Master Lock and his small team of Abominable Snowmen, and defeat them. Then they help Khann torture Master Lock to get the password to the computer room.
Later, when Lucy and the original group of Hamsters attacks Khann and the Huns, they are defeated, probably with help from Arnold, Rock, and Jean-Claude, although the battle takes place off-panel. Khann then kills the original Hamsters (except for Clint
, who isn't there). Soon after, Khann takes over the world, using an army of other hamsters that arrive via a cloud of cosmic Jell-o. Presumably Arnold, Jean-Claude, and Rock remain as his accomplices.
Like all the Hamsters, he is a skilled fighter. He seems to be the most skilled of the new team of Hamsters, with the possible exception of Lucy, using a lot more technique than Rock or Arnold. He was able to kick 6 men in the head in one kick.